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Rose Color Meanings: What's Your Rose Language Trying To Say?

Updated on June 19, 2019
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Adrienna is a flower enthusiast reveling in the joy the blooms, scents and colors flowers bring to our lives!

Just about everyone has heard that roses have different meanings according to their color. But do you know what the colors mean? When a person deliberately selects a certain color of rose, a whole new depth is given to the gift's gesture. Before you give your next single rose, or a bouquet of roses, read below to find out what you’re really saying with your rose language...


Representing true love, red roses are known around the world as the lover’s rose. It is the ultimate way to say “I love you.” A fiery bright red rose indicates romance, while a deep burgundy rose suggests your feelings are yet to be revealed. However, no matter the shade of red rose you give, it is the universal symbol of romantic love and enduring passion.


The pink rose is the most versatile of the roses in it's message. It can be a gesture of femininity and elegance which makes it perfect for weddings and other celebratory events. Pink roses also represent kindness, gratitude and refinement. The pink rose can be given absent of a romantic connotation. This makes it perfect to give when you want to say "I love you" or "Thank you" to someone you care about, such as your mother, grandmother or daughter.


White roses are a symbol of purity, innocence and new beginnings. That is why white roses are traditionally used in weddings. It can also represent young love, truth and reverence, those things that are pure! A bouquet of white roses is also a perfect way to say, “I'm thinking of you.”


Everyone feels happier on a sunny day which is exactly what yellow roses bring about: Joy. They are bright and cheery, conjuring feelings of positivism. Yellow roses are the perfect "Get well soon" color due to this optimism! Also giving yellow roses tells someone you enjoy and appreciate their friendship. However, never send yellow roses to someone you are romantically interested in because this suggests you would prefer to stay in the friend zone. If you are in the friend zone, but would like to suggest hopes of future romance, give a yellow rose with red tinged petals.


Lavender roses are one of the more uncommon colors which makes them an intriguing eye catcher. Lavender roses mean “love at first sight” coupled with a sense of enchantment. The red rose can also be associated with this meaning, but the message is much more direct with lavender roses.


Gratitude and appreciation are fabulous feelings to express to one another. Give a bouquet of peach roses to showcase your way of saying THANK YOU and I APPRECIATE YOU!


The stunning orange rose is a literal mixture of yellow and red. It is the blending yellow's friendly association along with red's romantic implication. This results in a subtler, more intriguing meaning of love emerging from friendship. However, that’s not the only message the orange rose implies. Due to its fiery color, the orange rose is appropriate for sending any message of enthusiasm beyond relationship intrigue such as, thank you, empowerment or congratulations.


Black is the color of sadness, death and farewell. That is why many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality which is they are often used at funerals. Because black symbolizes death and passing away, it can also indicate the death of old habits and an old way of life. With a positive spin, black roses may inspire confidence and enthusiasm by symbolizing the birth of a new era.

BONUS ROSE MEANING INFORMATION: If you want to supercharge the your rose language by more than just color, here’s another rose language tip:

  • A single rose of any color is a way to say "thank you". A single red rose means "only you" or "you're still the one".
  • Two roses entwined together mean "marry me". For instance, a red and white rose entwined means unity.
  • Six Roses signify a need to be loved or cherished or desire to love and cherish another "I want to be yours".

  • Nine Roses is a jump up from six meaning "I want to be with you forever".
  • A dozen roses (12) assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved. They say "be mine" if the roses are red.
  • Thirteen roses indicate a secret admirer

  • Fifteen roses means "I'm sorry".
  • Two dozen roses (24) says "I am yours forever".
  • Five dozen roses (50) means your wallet knows no bounds!

From colors to quantity, may these rose language meanings inspire your next gift of roses to that someone special in your life!


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